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Poetry on the Shannon

I have used the story of Sinann to inspire creative writing, especially poetry and drama, in groups of primary age children (9 to 11 years in this case).  The story sparked observation and a wide variety of poetric styles.

Here are a couple of examples from a school situated close to the river.

The first poem illustrated here speaks with Sinann’s voice and tells a version of her story.  The second was inspired by the sunset reflection on the river bank.  More examples of their entertaining poetry are available on my website. www.christhompson.info.

I remember when the hazel pollen turned the pool to yellow gold. I remember a wild salmon unable to swim free.  I remember wise men who were not wise at all.  Once I was a girl, now I am a river.  Once I was trapped, now I am free.  Once I danced on two feet, now I dance with the water. I wish you could flow as I do. I wish you could see as I do.  I wish you could care for the river as I do.

I remember when the hazel pollen turned the pool to yellow gold.
I remember a wild salmon unable to swim free.
I remember wise men who were not wise at all.
Once I was a girl, now I am a river.
Once I was trapped, now I am free.
Once I danced on two feet, now I dance with the water.
I wish you could flow as I do.
I wish you could see as I do.
I wish you could care for the river as I do.

The Sun shining On the sparkled water As it sets to go to Sleep, wrapping itself in a Blanket of flaming fire REFLECTS -- REFLECTS Blanket of flaming fire Sleep, wrapping itself in a As it sets to go to On the dark water Sun shining The

The
Sun shining
On the sparkled water
As it sets to go to
Sleep, wrapping itself in a
Blanket of flaming fire
REFLECTS
REFLECTS
Blanket of flaming fire
Sleep, wrapping itself in a
As it sets to go to
On the dark water
Sun shining
The

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